Reading Challenges 2014 Update

I know, I know. I should do updates every month to see how everything is going. But to be honest, I don't monitor them as much since everything usually falls into place. 

And by everything, I mean the Goodreads Reading Challenge.

I started with a goal of 100 books. This is my usual goal every year since I've started participating in 2011. Take note that I did reach my goal in 2012. It's just that I've reread books I've read in that year and Goodreads doesn't have an option where you can add multiple reading dates - unlike Shelfari.
But I surpassed that goal sometime in June, I think. Ah, the advantages of having being a bum. TT^TT I'm crying because as much as I enjoy my reading time, I just want to find a job na so I could fuel this love of books more. Does that make sense? More money, more books.

Anyway, I raised my reading goal to 125 and when I went past that, I raised it to 150. So 19 more books to go!
Reading Outside the BoxAlison at The Cheap Reader, hopes that the reader would branch out to other genres and not miss out on a good book just because it wasn't their cup of YA tea.
Ahahahahaha! While I do read books from the Adult category, most of the books I've read this year were from the YA category. 

  • Read a Chunkster: Read a book with 600+ pages.
    • Drop Dead Demons by A&E Kirk - It's only 598 pages long but it's the longest book I've read so far. I initially thought that was A Discovery of Witches because how condensed the book was but according to Goodreads stats, it's this.
  • Reading by Ear Listen to an audiobook
    • I'm still debating which book I'm going to listen to. Any suggestions?
  • Gathering Dust: You’ve had this book for years and you still haven’t read it.
  • Science Fiction
  • Picture Book
    • Eh, I don't have a picture in my possession. Oh wait! I forgot my young cousin forgot his book here when he visited last summer. I can't believe I forgot about that.
  • Graphic Novel
    • Star Blacks by Youko Maki - There are some who make distinctions between graphic novels, comics and manga. I'm one those. But Star Blacks is the closest to a graphic novel (and the only one I've read this year) I've got.
  • Poetry or Novel-in-Verse
    • I like poetry. I'll collect it of course, that book, but I would just read individual pieces of poetry unlike sitting down and reading a book full of it.
  • Young Adult Fiction
    • Marking Time by April White - probably the best book discovery I've had this year. I've been wanting to read this since last year when I came across it. It wasn't until this June when I took the plunge and bought it. It so happened that Tempting Fate's (the sequel) release was just around the corner therefore, I didn't have long to wait. However! Stalking Nature is not until next year!
  • Loved by Others: Other people really love this book but for whatever reason you haven’t read it yet.
  • Second Chance: You read this book a while back and didn’t enjoy it, didn’t finish it, or were on the fence about it. Time to give it another try!
    • I tried with some books but like the first time I've opened them, I wasn't really into them.
  • Mystery
  • Accidentally Watched the Movie First: You didn’t realize the movie was based on a book until after you watched it. Ideally you haven’t read the book yet.
  • Try a Classic
  • Historical Fiction
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Award Winner
  • Lost in Translation: This book was originally written in another language.
    • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier -I've also watched the movie adaptation. The Saphirblau or Sapphire Blue is already out but there are no English subtitles yet.
  • Non-Fiction Book
    • I stay away from this unless absolutely necessary. I will try to read one before the year is out.
  • Self Published
  • Relive the Magic Reread: a book you really enjoyed as a kid but haven’t touched it since then.
    • I've reread a bunch of books this year but I've read none of them as a kid. Besides, I usually read the books I've enjoyed when I was little about once a year.
  • Biography or Memoir
    • I've been meaning to finish reading Princess Masako: Prisoner of the Chrysanthemum Throne.
  • Romance
  • Adult Fiction
That's it for the reading challenges this year. I'm doing well.
Ayanami Faerudo

Waiting on Wednesday: Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.
Megan Miranda
Expected Publication: February 3, 2015
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Alina Chase has been contained on an island for the last 17 years—whether that’s for the crimes of her past life, or for her own protection, well, that depends on whom you ask. With soul-fingerprinting a reality, science can now screen for the soul, and everyone knows that Alina’s soul had once belonged to notorious criminal, June Calahan, though that information is supposed to be private. June had accomplished the impossible: hacking into the soul-database, ruining countless lives in the process.

Now, there are whispers that June has left something behind for her next life—something that would allow Alina to access the information in the soul-database again. A way to finish the crimes she started.

Aided by three people with their own secret motivations, Alina escapes, only to discover that she may have just traded one prison for another. And there are clues. Clues only Alina can see and decipher, clues that make it apparent that June is leading her to something. While everyone believes Alina is trying to continue in June’s footsteps, Alina believes June is trying to show her something more. Something bigger. Something that gets at the heart of who they all are—about the past and the present. Something about the nature of their souls.

Alina doesn’t know who to trust, or what June intends for her to know, and the closer she gets to the answers, the more she wonders who June was, who she is, whether she’s destined to repeat the past, whether there are truths best kept hidden—and what one life is really worth.
Well, that would be a good thing in a way. A way to "prevent" criminals being born so we can have a more peaceful society. This book presents a great premise; but even though this is labeled as scifi, there is reincarnation here I think since there's the "past life, next life" concept being thrown around. Or there's also another possibility like the concept in Aeon Flux.
Ayanami Faerudo

#BookBlogWriMo 2014

November is just around the corner. And that means it's almost time for NaNoWriMo! Yay!... Or nay. I've been meaning to join NaNoWriMo for years but I've always chickened out on the last minute because I knew of the time and commitment I would have to dedicate to completing a 50-000 (at least!)-word story. So no NaNoWriMo story for me. Yet.

Then, here I found this: BookBlogWrimo

Hosted by Brittany of Book Bumblings, BookBlogWriMo is a "a lax version of NaNoWriMo for book bloggers. [There are] prompts for each day, discussing different topics around books, blogging, and books + blogging."

You can find more information here.

This post will be the master post. You will find the links to all the posts related to BookBlogWriMo here.

Ayanami Faerudo

Mini Review: Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

Pennyroyal Academy
M.A. Larson
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Pennyroyal Academy: Seeking bold, courageous youths to become tomorrow's princesses and knights….Come one, come all!

A girl from the forest arrives in a bustling kingdom with no name and no idea why she is there, only to find herself at the center of a world at war. She enlists at Pennyroyal Academy, where princesses and knights are trained to battle the two great menaces of the day: witches and dragons. There, given the name “Evie,” she must endure a harsh training regimen under the steel glare of her Fairy Drillsergeant, while also navigating an entirely new world of friends and enemies. As Evie learns what it truly means to be a princess, she realizes surprising things about herself and her family, about human compassion and inhuman cruelty. And with the witch forces moving nearer, she discovers that the war between princesses and witches is much more personal than she could ever have imagined.

Set in Grimm’s fairytale world, M.A. Larson’s Pennyroyal Academymasterfully combines adventure, humor, and magical mischief.
After the intensity of Su Baekhyang, The King's Daughter, I sought light reading. My reading queue showed that I had two books in line, Scorched Mari Mancusi and Pennyroyal Academy. I knew that Scorched would be, although not quite as intense as Su Baekhyang, would be not of a light read that I would have wanted at that time. So Pennyroyal Academy it is.

Who wouldn't want to be a princess? With knights who would rescue from clutches of evil stepmothers and dragons, castles to live in and beautiful dresses to wear? But the princess cadets of Pennyroyal Academy were not your typical princesses. They fight alongside their knights against the evil magic of witches - with Courage, Compassion, Kindness, Discipline. Such values reminded me of another princess, Sara Crewe. 

Pennyroyal Academy was a light and charming read. It reminded me of Gail Carson Levine's Enchanted and a little bit of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy. It held a certain kind of whimsy that made me remember those days when I was play-pretending as a princess.
Ayanami Faerudo

Feature and Follow Friday: Bring Them Back

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!

Today's Feature & Follow Friday question is:
Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you'd get to choose, who would you bring back? 
-Suggested by Howling for Books

Sirius Black and Fred Weasley from the Harry Potter series, as well as Lupin and Tonks. I was tempted to include James and Lily too, but I think their presence would deviate from the canon - a lot.

Then, I want Kartik, from Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle Trilogy, back. He's not technically dead, not really.

I guess that's it. Wait, there's also Jesse in The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe. I liked him more than the other guy.
Ayanami Faerudo
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